Olé! Paella!

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Today I’m not eating out, so I thought sharing about a restaurant aboard would be nice…

If you ever travel to Madrid make sure to visit one of my favorite restaurants, Paella Real. I found this place about 10 years ago, on my first trip to Spain. I had been visiting the royal palace with my parents, and we were walking around the Plaza de Oriente which is full with marble statues around one of king Phillip IV. We were starving! My dad wanted to stick to a downtown place since it was our first day there, and he wanted to see all the places he and my mother had loved when they lived there 20 years before. As we were heading west, we saw the place.  It is located in the heart of the city just crossing a small street next to the Opera House and a few steps away from the Palacio Real and the Almudena Cathedral.

The Place is rather small with just a few tables and very simple looking. What is definitely not simple is the food served inside! They have a great variety of plates, but of course plates with rice are the speciality. You can choose between seafood paella, valenciana paella, black rice, and a big etcetera! They prepare the rice plates for at least two people so either bring a big stomach or someone to eat with you.

I still remember the first time I went in.  We were all wearing shorts, and I thought they were going to have us banned from the place that looked really nice.  They didn’t, and we had the best meal I have ever tasted! So much that five years later when I went back with my best friend and my mother I was stubborn enough to find the place. At the time I didn’t quite remember it’s location. Now every time we head to Spain, Paella Real is a must!

Most recently, my husband and I have been there for several times.  Usually, we have the seafood paella (picture on the top, yes that is just for two!). It has been delicious everytime. Just make sure you have a huge bottle of water with you later because you will get really thirsty…  We have also had the black rice, which is made with calamary and their ink, super good and heavy!

You can order your paellas as a dish or with a menu which includes three appetizers, drink (water, wine, etc), bread, dessert and coffee. Either way at the end you get a digestive liquor, and the feeling that you won’t need to eat soon again, but a desperate urge to return!

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